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Aberdeen Community Energy raised £1.25m from local investors and switched the hydro on in September. It’ll power 130 local homes, and is part of wider work to make the riverside a beautiful place for locals.
Photo: Aberdeen Community Energy
From the start, Westmill co-op involved the whole community. 10,000 people have visited since 2008, including loads of school kids who named the turbines and teenagers the co-op train to give tours.
That's as many homes as Cardiff! Community energy groups have raised £190m in community investments for wind, solar and hydro, cutting 110,000 tonnes of carbon.
Photo: Andy Aitchison.
The turbines are taller than the Gherkin skyscraper. One rotation of the blades alone is enough to power a home for 29 clean, green hours.
Photo: The Danish Wind Industry Association.
The 20,000 refugees living here in Jordan had only sporadic access to electricity. But a big solar park in the desert has changed that. It means free power for lighting, fridges and phone chargers.
Photo: Ikea Foundation.
Head to Brighton and you'll see a bright yellow electric bus around town. It charges up at the bus station powered by 80+ solar panels.
Photo: Big Lemon Bus company
Caring for animals at Teckels animal sanctuary, Gloucestershire, uses a lot of energy. So they installed solar and a renewable heat pump and cut their bills by 30%.
Electricity bills are high in Stirlingshire village, so they've set up an innovative way of letting people buy affordable electricity directly from nearby wind, biogas and hydro.
Photo: Mike Smith.
We asked a bunch of people what gives them hope that we can tackle climate change.
Community-owned projects are selling out within minutes of being released across Australia. They offer 7% returns - way more than leaving cash in the bank.
Photo: Hepburn Wind.
After a dedicated 114 of service, Finland’s oldest ferry has moved into the 21st century and gone electric. The "national treasure” will take people across the river zero-carbon-style in Turku.
Bristol university will sell investments in thermal coal, oil, gas and tar sands by next January. Even better, they’re reinvesting the money in companies that’ll reduce CO2 emissions.
When streetlight owners dug up the lamp-posts in Detroit's poorer communities, citizens got together to crowdfund solar powered street lights. So far they’ve installed over 50!
Photo: Thomas Hawk.
Repower Balcombe community energy installed solar panels on this school a few years back. Now they’ve installed batteries, meaning the school can store and then use their solar power when they need it.
Since Fiji was hit by a cyclone, healthcare centres have suffered from unreliable power supplies. Now, solar fridges are being rolled out so life-saving medicines and vaccines stay safe when the power goes out.
Photo: Maggie Boyle/DFAT.
Bagelman in Brighton never liked chucking away leftover bagels at the end of the day. So they teamed up with Franklins brewery and swapped some of the malt in the brewing process for bagels!
The London Taxi Company have just opened their newest factory in Coventry, and it’s electric cars only. It’s the first factory in the UK that’s dedicated to making electric vehicles.
Photo: The London Taxi Company.
As of 1st January 2017, all electric trains in the Netherlands are 100% powered by wind. And trams in Melbourne, Australia, are not far behind - next year they're planning to be 100% powered by the sun.
Berwickshire Housing Association just switched on three new wind turbines. They will use the money they make from the turbines (£20m over 25 years) to build 500 new homes.
Photo: Berwickshire Housing Association.
The company behind Beck’s and Stella Artois have sliced an impressive 23% off their emissions since 2012. They’ve installed LED lights, and 96% of their coolers are eco-friendly.
Photo: AB Inbev
The mammoth floating solar farm will produce enough electricity to power 15,000 homes. And China have already got some bigger ones in the pipeline!
The abandoned quarries in Snowdonia will transfer water between two reservoirs, storing it for times it's most needed. It’ll power 200,000 homes for seven hours per day and last 125 years!
Photo: Kris Williams.
Butte aux Cailles swimming pool, Paris, store servers in their basement connected to their boilers. The waste heat from the servers heats the pool, saving four tonnes of CO2 per year.
Photo: Pawel Loj.
Auckland, New Zealand, is installing 90,000 LED lights on the harbour bridge hooked up to 630 solar panels and a battery. The lights will last at least five times longer than the old bulbs.
Photo: Louis Tan.
The Edinburgh Remakery want to start a repair revolution. They teach people to fix their broken clothes, laptops and furniture, saving 250 tonnes of waste from landfill.
Solar installers put up a set of solar panels in the US every 2.5 minutes. Solar employs 43% of the people who work in energy jobs, compared to a measly 22% who work in fossil fuels.
Photo: Wayne National Forest/Alex Snyde.
About 1 in 30 people now cycle to work, double ten years ago. The city's latest project is a connected, all-ages cycle lanes through an area where many people are already biking.
Photo: Flavio Grynszpan
Block Island, Rhode Island, became the first place in the US to be powered by an offshore wind farm in December. Electricity bills are a whopping five times cheaper than before for locals.
Photo: National Renewable Energy Lab.
Costa Rica uses all it's natural resources for electricity - rivers, wind, sunshine and underground heat. For 250 days in the year, they were powered totally by clean electricity.
This year, all of their data centres and offices of 60,000 staff will be 100% powered by renewables. Tech companies now make up something like 2% of global carbon emissions, so good work Google.
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